American Soldier

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HarperCollins, Aug 3, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 992 pages

As Commander in Chief of CENTCOM, General Tommy Franks made history by leading American and Coalition forces to victory in Afghanistan and Iraq. In this riveting memoir, General Franks retraces his journey from small-town boyhood to his role as one of history's most effective commanders.

Drawing on his own memories and newly declassified records, Franks offers the first true insider's account of the war on terrorism. He traces the development of the lean, flexible new approach to warfare he evolved with Donald Rumsfeld -- and chronicles how these principles helped to win two swift, decisive wars within two years. He reveals the secret "Turkish deception," which he used to trick Saddam into preparing for a northern ground invasion that never came, and speaks frankly of intelligence shortcomings and of the WMD threats that shaped each battle plan. And, while he writes candidly of the war's aftermath, Franks shows that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq remain heroic victories -- wars of liberation won by troops "unequalled," he writes, "by anything in the annals of war."

About the author (2004)

General Tommy Franks retired from the Army on August 1, 2003. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1967 as a distinguished graduate of the Artillery Officer Candidate School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he was assigned to the 9th Infantry Division, Republic of Vietnam. He also served as an Assistant Division Commander during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. General Franks has been awarded three Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Distinguished Service Medals, and four Legion of Merit awards. His other decorations include three Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars, an Air Medal, and an Army Commendation Medal -- all with "V" for valor. In 2004 he was named a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. General Franks lives with his wife, Cathy, in Tampa, Florida.